Mark your Calendars for the 2009-2010 Global Hot Spots Lecture Series

The popular Global Hot Spots Lecture Series kicked off its fall program on Friday, September 25, focusing on worldwide importance and local interest topics. Join Madison-area learners and UW faculty to go beyond the headlines and take an in-depth look at the events that are shaping our society.

Along with an exciting slate of scheduled lectures, expect unique insights you can only get from renowned UW faculty. These thought-provoking lectures focus on everything from politics to global health, to human rights, the economy, and the environment.

Global Hot Spots are held monthly from 1:30-2:30 p.m., at the Pyle Center, located at 702 Langdon Street. These lectures are all free and open to everyone, although an RSVP is requested for each event.

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Fall 2009 Dates, Speakers, and Topics:

* September 25

Josh Posner, Professor of Agronomy
“Natural Resource Management in the Andes: Using Science to Address Environmental and Livelihood Issues”

* October 15

Ted Gerber, Professor of Sociology, and Director, Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia
“Russia Update: Issues and Challenges”

* November 13

Brad Barham, Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and Co-Director of the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies
“Is Organic/Fair-trade Agriculture Sustainable? Observations from Mexico, Peru, and Wisconsin”

* December 11

David O. Morgan, Professor of History, Middle East Studies, and Religious Studies
“Reflections on the Situation in Iran”

Spring 2010 Dates:

* January 29 — Topic and Speaker TBA
* February 19 — Topic and Speaker TBA
* March 12 — Topic and Speaker TBA
* April 23 — Topic and Speaker TBA

For the latest updates, specific topic information, and more, visit To get questions answered, e-mail Kevin Check  at or call him directly at (608) 262-9599 or toll free at (888) 947-2586.

The 2009 Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the UW-Madison Division of International Studies, the Wisconsin Alumni Association, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute or UW OLLI, and Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization or PLATO, which is a program of OLLI.

For more information about lectures and resources on global topics, visit the International Institute, where you will find a list of area studies centers on campus.